Day 19: Dali Old Town
After finishing up phase three, the Microcampus Fearless group had an offer to go to Dali Old Town for the first time since the beginning of the trip. We left at 5 and made it to the area in 15 minutes. On the way, we went over all the safely rules and tips in a place where tourists and pickpocketers mill around freely. These included rules such as don't give out contact information, and bargan as hard as you can. After grouping for a little while, we split off in groups of three and four. First stop: Sweet Tooth- Mr. Tafel's favourite pastry shop. Ugly brownies, choco-mint cream pie, and 'Dali's best chocolate chip cookie' were quickly sold out, leaving Mr. Tafel with none. For dinner Shirley, Taylor and I ate xiaolongbao at a small, local shop, and set off to look around. Form the very beginning, I had my eyes set on eating 冰糖葫芦, or sugar-coated hawthorn, and Shirley had her mind steeled towards getting her name written on rice. WIth much arguing and hat buying (I went to go buy a gift for my brother), we finally decided that first food and then rice. With everyone's wishes fufilled, we ended the long but exciting day with a group pose and photo.